Shenzhen Open continues with surprises. The second seed, David Goffin, cruised, but the first favorite, Zverev, crushed.
David Goffin met American Donald Young in the Quarter Final. The Belgian took charge of the match and of its rhythm early on. Goffin was battling smart from the baseline, waiting for Young’s decisions.
David was forced to work for a lot of points, but was willing to put in the effort for each point. The rallies were important, as the Belgian showed that he is willing to put in the work and return everything he can.
Goffin came a few times to the net in the first set, but failed to execute several volleys. So he decided that in the second set will stay mostly on the baseline and control the points from there. He hit the ball fast and focused when needed, in order to take the important points. He showed his experience.
Donald didn’t play bad, but he failed to be competitive during the big points. Also, he came to the net too often and he was continuously passed and caught in the no-mans land.
David Goffin advanced with a convincing victory, 6-2, 6-3.
In the last match of the day, Alexander Zverev met the St. Petersburg’s champion, Damir Dzumhur.
The Next Gen Superstar started the match like a storm, breaking the Bosnian’s serve from the first try. It looked like a one-way traffic. But soon the momentum changed when Dzumhur managed to stay in the rallies and break the German’s serve.
Zverev looked out of balance and pace and that he is in a fight he is not willing to have. The German seemed powerless and couldn’t stay in the rallies with the Bosnian. Damir showed great fighting spirit and fought for every point, making the youngster to lose his confidence.
Sascha often missed unusual shots for him, normally a formality. It looked like he can’t focus.
The young Superstar had a 4-2 lead in the second set, which he managed to blew as well, when Dzumhur kept returning and fighting for each point. The newly crowned Champion took 4 out of 5 games until the end. Zverev became frustrated and couldn’t find solutions, imagination deserting him today. The German looked exhausted. He went losing the contest, 4-6, 5-7.